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Summary: There are so many reasons to love our planet Earth, from our oceans to our forests and everything in between. Chilly polar bears, snowy moose, tropical islands and colorful fish all share our home, making it the most special place to be. Explore animals and habitats with this board book.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 1 to 3
Age of Child: Read with children ages 2 and 4.
Young Reader Reaction: My kids liked it, but it didn't capture their imagination. They did want to read it more than once.
Adult Reader Reaction: I did like it and I think if my readers had been a little younger it would have been a bigger hit. The illustrations are mixed media and are interesting, but not that visually arresting.
Pros: Simple, straightforward syntax as well as a sweet message. The animal illustrations are cute and my children enjoyed seeing the animals.
Cons: It was a little young for the audience, but other than that, no.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I recommend that parents borrow the book as I am unsure how many times a kid would want to return to it.
Educational Themes: Environmental awareness is an implicit theme in appreciation for the Earth. Exploring the book with young children is an opportunity for object (animal) identification and vocabulary growth.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.